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News from the Appraisal Institute Northern California Chapter Annual Spring Conference

In March, I once again traveled to Modesto, Calif., and attended the Annual Spring Conference of the Appraisal Institute’s Northern California Chapter. This month, I will share some useful and interesting information from the presentations. The conference focuses on the California market, but many of the presenters also covered topics related to the national market.

The first session was “State of the Appraisal Profession;” the speaker was Lance Coyle… Continue reading

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FNC Index: Year-over-Year Growth at Highest since June 2006

The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows U.S. home prices increased again in February as sales of non-distressed homes continue to rise and regain market share. The index, constructed to gauge the price movement among normal home sales exclusive of distressed properties, indicates much of the nation’s underlying home value shows solid growth as dwindling REO sales fall to their lowest levels since 2007.

In February, the index’s… Continue reading

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Latest Home Price Numbers Reveal Decrease in Pittsburgh Area

Home prices in the Pittsburgh, PA, metropolitan statistical area decreased by 0.71% for the month of January as indicated by the FNC Residential Price Index (RPI). The decline marks the fourth consecutive month of depreciation for this market. In addition, sales activity for Pittsburgh was mixed. While single-family home sales have increased by 1.24% from January 2013, the percentage of single-family home sales that were distressed reached 10.74%, an… Continue reading

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FNC Index: Home Prices of Normal Sales Up 0.4% in January

Oxford, Miss. (Mar. 13, 2014) – The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows U.S. home prices have gotten off to a positive start in 2014, rising a modest 0.4% in January. The index, constructed to gauge the price movement among normal home sales exclusive of distressed properties, indicates home prices of the underlying housing market continue to strengthen as market fundamentals and credit conditions continue to improve. The index… Continue reading

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How to Spend Less of your Profit on Collateral Compliance

I have been hearing a great deal of noise lately about the increasing cost of compliance in mortgage lending. There has always been a cost associated with compliance, but the seemingly unprecedented quantity of new regulation coupled with a new regulator has created a new reality. The patterns of the past can’t be used to make sense of the future. Projects with Dodd-Frank in the title abound throughout the lending… Continue reading

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January is the Month of New Beginnings, Part 2

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TILA Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans (Regulation Z)

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection (Dodd-Frank) Act created several new categories of loans. One of those categories is “higher-risk mortgages.” Just to be confusing, “higher-risk mortgages” are called “higher-priced mortgage loans” or HPML in the regulations. In addition, they are not the same as the “High-Cost Mortgage”… Continue reading

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January is the Month of New Beginnings, Part 1

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My, how they have been busy. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has an entire wagonload of regulations going into effect in January. If you are a mortgage lender, this has been hard to miss.

Arising from the mandates of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (or Dodd-Frank) the CFPB issued a wide-ranging set… Continue reading

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FNC Webinar: Higher-Priced Mortgages & Other Regulatory Changes

To access the PowerPoint, Q&A, and audio files from FNC’s Nov. 19 webinar on regulatory changes, click here.

This webinar addressed higher-priced mortgage loans and the new appraisal requirements; new requirements around delivering copies of appraisals and other valuations to borrowers; and ongoing changes to the GSEs’ UCDP portal… Continue reading

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FNC Index: Home Prices Show Fastest Quarterly Growth Since Recovery Began

The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows strong growth of home prices during the third quarter of 2013 as the housing recovery continues to broaden across the country. The index, constructed to gauge the price movement among the underlying non-distressed home sales, increased 2.5% between the second and third quarters, making the third-quarter growth the fastest in the current recovery.

Rising home sales and relatively low foreclosure… Continue reading

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FNC Index: Home Prices Continue to Rise, Up 0.7% in July

The latest FNC Residential Price Index™ (RPI) shows that U.S. home prices continue to climb higher, rising 0.7% in July. The index is reaching a three-year high as the housing recovery continues. The rapid declines in foreclosure sales and new foreclosure filings have diminished the impact of distressed properties on home prices. Meanwhile, steadily rising home prices and an expectation of continued recovery have stimulated housing turnover by prospective buyers… Continue reading

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